Shiban under ‘Wizard’ spell

'X-Files' vet to exec produce Raimi, Tapert film

Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert have tapped “The X-Files” vet John Shiban to exec produce their upcoming syndie skein “Wizard’s First Rule.”

Shiban, who is with the CW’s “Supernatural,” will help translate Terry Goodkind’s series of books into a weekly TV series. Project is set in a fantasy world of magic and wizards and focuses on the Seeker, a man who is destined to save the world, but not before battling a whole bunch of bad guys.

Scribe said he plans “to take a cue from ‘The X-Files'” in setting up the skein’s structure.

“There’s an overarching mythology to the series, but the job of Seeker allows (the lead character) to fight evil in self-contained episodes,” he said.

Shiban, new to the syndie realm, said he’s enjoying the genre’s advantages.

“We don’t have to worry about network issues and what our competition is,” he said. And since the show is a firm go for 22 episodes, “It’s nice to know we can tell this whole first season of stories.”

Shiban said “Wizards” will strive for network quality effects and production values. “We’re going to make it look huge,” he said.

After spending seven years on “X-Files,” Shiban co-created spinoff skein “Lone Gunmen” and worked on skeins such as “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Revelations.”

“Wizards” has been cleared for broadcast in 84% of the country and all of the nation’s top 50 markets. Disney-ABC Domestic Television is producing.

In addition to Raimi, Tapert and Shiban, Joshua Donen and Ned Nalle are set as exec producers on the project, which begins lensing next month for a fall bow.

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